Organize and record all the valuables in your home with Cella

By Alicia Erlich on 6 Dec 2013 04:53 pm EST
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George Carlin said it best when he set forth his classic routine, a place for my stuff. Now we can all relate to this having accumulated numerous items over the years, especially if you're a tech addict like me then you really have a collection. So how would one go about recording and organizing all of this information?

For example, if you were moving or perhaps cataloging items damaged during a storm such as Hurricane Sandy last year. Many of my neighbors provided lists and photographs of items destroyed to their insurance carrier. That is where Cella, a home inventory application, comes into play. 

This is just one of the many practical uses I found with Cella. It may not be an application one would use very often but it does serve a purpose, even if its just to keep track of where important items are stored for future reference or in case anything requires repair or replacement from theft or damage.

Cella owes its development to the BlackBerry Jam Camps. However, one could never tell as the interface and design is extremely polished and professional. There are three main levels or buckets which the application tabulates your possessions: rooms, locations, and items. These in turn feed into the main dashboard, aka your house, making it easy to navigate with only a couple of swipes required to access each one.

Each room is customizable with its own icon, name and preferred fields. This means you could sort for each family member or common area by name. Subdivisions within each category allow users to assign specific areas to a room (i.e. Closet, balcony, bookcase, desk, etc.). Finally, items purchased or ones that hold value are imputed and can be assigned a room and a location with which it rests.

What impresses me about this app is the level of detail. Diving further into the items category one can add a photograph, include the warranty information, if applicable, description, model number, media information, purchase data, and notes as well. Everything you possibly need to know is conveniently there at your fingertips. Even the menus include thorough descriptions within the dropdown and prefilled fields. 

Cella is a thorough home inventory application. While it may be designed for a select group of people, it is well-built, offers an attractive UI, is designated as 'Built for BlackBerry', and features comprehensive lists and forms that account for many common household items. 

As I only rent a modest sized apartment, I do find it works for renters as well as homeowners. If you want to track and manage your stuff and maybe prevent that big pile of missing stuff Carlin alluded to, you can give it a whirl for $1.99 and it supports all BlackBerry 10 devices. 

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Organize and record all the valuables in your home with Cella

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See, he's not an immature loser like you trance, he's more grown up than you ever will be. He's got my respect because he's not playing some stupid internet game to get mommy and daddies respect and approval of being on the Internet

Oh look, congratulations, you know how to swear at someone. Omg you are a big kid now I guess. No more shitty diapers? Or are you still shitting yourself? Feel bad for you, I really do.

I didn't swear, Dick is short for Richard. That's your name right? Dick? Whats with all personal attacks. You mad bro?

Posted via CB10 with my BlackBerry Q10...SON!

Nope. You clearly have me mistaken for you douche bag. Hear my name once and you shall never forget it, it's Sterling.

So before you go being more a fucking cry baby kid, stop the first posting, stop being a fucking bitch and call me dick again, and you won't be on this site anymore.

Look at this guy! What a clown! I post whatever I want.....watch......FIRST!!! what now sucka!?

Posted via CB10 with my BlackBerry Q10...SON!

And it's dumb people like this dick...er..quicksilver cat why you probably didn't say it first cause he or she would have attacked you for it. He's lonely.

Posted via CB10 with my BlackBerry Q10...SON!

Oh how original you are. you must be lonely if you can't find anything better to do with your day than try to harass me. I didn't know you swung for the same team. Sorry to let you down but I don't. Got that Dick sterling?

Posted via CB10 with my BlackBerry Q10...SON!

So the only problem I see with this is if you lose your phone or it gets stolen, a would be thief has your address and a list of your stuff and where it's located. Sounds like a good idea to me?

Posted via CB10

Like hey I have 100k worth of stuff in my living room on my bookshelf... come and rob me...

Posted from my Q10 with only 1GB of RAM

Encrypt and password lock your phone. Isn't that something everyone should be doing anyhow?

Posted via Z10 on the best touchscreen keyboard.

That is valid. You can take a look at my other comment for more details but I have reworked that tab. Obviously, you're not going to forget where you live so your address is unnecessary. Other information like mortgage info, and utility (energy, hydro, natural gas) info would be much more informative. In the future, the app will include this and will allow you to investigate trends to offer you some insight on how to better plan or save money.

Without your address, this potential security risk should be negated. If you have any other concerns, feel free to let me know!

Thanks for taking a look.
@karelvuong

Really did you just call me an idiot? What are you 12! I got a laugh when I saw the app was the same as my last name. Got an even bigger laugh when you called me an idiot. Just love how brave ppl are when they are online. LOL

Password encryption and cloud backup, and I buy it. Don't want to put time in that if I'm going to lose it with my phone.

In fact, html, csv, or at least TXT export would be a must, so you can easily print it if needed.

Posted via CB10 on my Z30

Yes, exactly. Does this support any type of standard exporting? This would be great for when an insurance agent asks for an inventory.

Posted via CB10

Exactly what I was thinking. Then it would make sense for $1.99

Right now it's at $0.99 in my books.

Posted via CB10

As noted below, I will be addressing this in a future release.

Aside from several improvements to the inventory system, backing up and exporting your data is something that is currently being worked on and is at the top of my list.

In addition to those formats will be .pdf and I am looking towards several mediums like backing up to your SD card or some cloud storage provider like Dropbox or Box.

As for password encryption, this was something that was debated before the app was released. Some of cella's beta testers wanted it while others thought it was redundant. I can revisit this if others feel the same way.

Thank you for your input!
@karelvuong

Yeah good app that needs some refinement with the suggestions mentioned above. Include those and I'll buy it in a heartbeat.

Posted via CB10

Would be great if, not to wish this on another, your home burns down and you have to file an insurance claim and prove what you had and the value of your possessions.

Posted via CB10

Dev here.

There has been some great feedback here and I'd like to address some of your comments and concerns.

Exporting and backup is definitely something that is in the pipeline. At the moment, I'm exploring different mediums for backing up your inventory. This includes: syncing to your SD card or some type of cloud storage like Dropbox or Box. As for planned formats, in addition to those noted by BadGoliath42 (csv, HTML, and plain text), there will be .pdf as well.

Beyond backing up, I am also working on expanding cella further. cella wants to become your companion for everything 'home-related'.

Here are a few things I have planned:
- Home tab reworked to offer a view of different aspects of your home. This includes: information, mortgage info, utilities info, and more. I'm all about statistics and what I am looking to accomplish with this is to give you some insight on how you're living and spending by calculating trends and offering visual representations/graphs of this data. By being informed, you can take steps to plan better, save money, etc.
- Collections Tab: rather than putting everything into your items, you can keep collections of different media (music albums, video games, movies, TV shows, etc) and collectibles (cards, stamps, etc).
- Green Button. That is all.

Unfortunately, I'm in my third year of university and I've been bogged down with school and have not been able to dedicate as much time as I wanted to towards the development of cella. It's exam time for me, but I will be hard at work for the rest of the year once this blows over. The rest of the year you say? But don't you still have school? While true, I'll be starting employment at none other than BlackBerry and will have tons of free time to do what I love - make apps and contribute to this awesome community.

On a final note, I will be bumping exporting and backing up to the top of my list. Will keep you guys posted.

@karelvuong

Thanks for the participation in this discussion.

The things already mentioned are important and need to be implemented. I would also like the ability to include additional residences or businesses.

Looks like a good app. It is smooth, native, and has been thought out. Could use a little tweaking, here and there. Some number only fields bring up a number field, but others, such as the zip code field, remain all letters.

Thanks for taking the time to make this app - it has real potential. Good luck with your studies and future employment.

Posted via CB10

Canadian Postal codes have letters and numbers. So limiting the field to just numbers wouldn't be wise for a Blackberry app.

It looks like a nice app so I downloaded it. Thanks for putting in the time to develop it. I saw that you are considering the feature of exporting a list of items to Box or Dropbox, and that would be a nice feature. Having a list and pictures to access in case of emergency would be great. Nice job!

Posted via CB10

Liked hearing from the dev. That decided me to buy. I will be investing a lot of time, so backup is critical or it is pointless.

I need to inventory antiques for both insurance and inheritance. That means I need the ability to add a field or note to pass on multi-generational info like who owned an item, and where/when purchased, appraisal, etc. Haven't downloaded the app yet so that may exist. I have been wanting something like this.

Posted via CB10

Thanks Techno-Emigre.

No that does not exist yet, but it sounds like a wonderful idea. I'll add that to the list of planned features. It's feedback like this that can really help cella grow as an app.

All the best,
@karelvuong

This is a great product...

Right now I am using the build in Remember app but might give this a shot..

We should and will support great apps like these that makes us productive

Prosumer here we come!!!

White Rogers Z10 10.2 Dark Theme

That is great to hear!

cella was specifically designed to help you save time and be more productive. Keeping track of what you own is important and I want to take it even further!

As noted earlier, cella is being improved upon to help you plan and save money! For the moment, you can keep track of some basic information about your home and while this is fine and dandy, this just isn't enough. Instead, cella will be able to take in how much you're paying for electricity, cable, hydro, or what have you and give you some insight on how you're living and spending by calculating trends and offering statistics and visual representations of your data.

This is pretty cool. I might have to get it. I have insurance to cover my stuff but probably better to have it cataloged for easier claims.

Posted via CB10 on my Q10

This is exactly what I need! But I need to have a way to export the data or back it up in the cloud. After doing all of that inventory work, the worse would be to lose all of the data during an upgrade or loss of the device or damage or theft. Password Keeper is an example of that until very recently.

So add a way to backup my inventory data, i'll buy this app today!

Thanks.

Sorry, I just saw all of your info on improving this app, including what I and others have said regarding backup and exporting. Thank you much! Nice job and looking forward to the future feature set.

Does it have the capabilities to handle multiple homes/residences?

I ask, as my wife who has Q10 is a property rental manager and this would be a good app for her and then she can print the documents out for renters

Thank You

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